It’s the most popular object when the end of October comes. Families go to farms to harvest one or more of this orange vegetable and the kids carve it to make a jack-o-lantern when they get home.
Yes, the pumpkin may hog the limelight during Halloween but its benefits go beyond this yearly event. It’s just unfortunate that many people put it to waste after harvesting and carving it for the annual October 31 occasion.
But people can actually use the pumpkin in more ways than one. Here are useful tips that can help you make the most of this veggie not only for your health but also for the environment.
Not many people are aware that the seeds of the pumpkin are actually edible. They make for great snacks for both kids and adults particularly with Thanksgiving just around the corner.
What you can do is roast the pumpkin seeds for about 20 to 30 minutes. Make sure your oven is set at 375 degrees. You may also add salt and pepper to the seeds or if you like, a small amount of olive oil or butter. For those who want it a bit sweet, sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. The spice lovers, on the other hand, can use chili powder or cayenne to achieve real hot seeds. And when you’re ready to eat them, be sure to get the skin of the seed first.
Did you know that these seeds are high in zinc, magnesium and vitamins K and E? They are beneficial to people suffering from arthritis, heart disease and even cancer.
As for the inner parts of the pumpkin, they can be used to make a soup or risotto which is great for this coming Thanksgiving dinner. Bake or boil them first then mash them up.
They can also be used for pies, breads and other baked goods. For a simple side dish, you can just mix the mashed pumpkin with maple syrup or brown sugar and they’re ready to be eaten.
Mashed pumpkin is also best for babies.
Once you’re done taking out the edible parts of the pumpkin, don’t just throw the waste into the landfill. Instead, you can add the guts to your compost pile. That way you can improve your soil and create a healthy garden in your backyard.
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